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2020 Chess Olympiad postponed due to coronavirus

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) has postponed this year s Olympiad, a biennial chess tournament bringing together teams from all over the world, that was scheduled to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, from August 5 to 18. A statement released late Tuesday by the FIDE Council regarding the Chess Olympiad indicated that the decision was reached as the body is deeply concerned about the growing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on people s lives. As noted, all other events earlier scheduled to be held in Moscow and Khanty-Mansiysk during the summer of 2020, are rescheduled to the summer of 2021 at the same locations. The Chess Olympiad is the most popular FIDE event, attended by thousands of people, including players, coaches, officials, and spectators. Taking into account the reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicating the constant increase in the number of cases worldwide, and given today s IOC statement regarding the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games, FIDE has decided to postpone the 44th Chess Olympiad (including the competition for players with disabilities) and the FIDE Congress. The postponement comes at a time when qualifiers to select the Rwandan national team had been temporarily put on hold as the local chess federation waited on key players readiness, and were to resume in May. However, there was also uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Rwanda had, by late Tuesday registered 40 confirmed cases.

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